UPDATE: BECAUSE OF PRESSURE FROM ADVOCATES, THERE IS NOW A POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF ASHLEY MOORE. IT IS, FINALLY, BEING LOOKED AT BY THE HOMIDICE UNIT.
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For more, visit www.justiceforashleymoore.org
Ashley Moore was a 26-year-old Black trans woman who was found dead on the streets in Newark, NJ in April 2020. She had strangle marks on her neck, but there was no police investigation.
You’ve probably never heard of her. Ashley’s death was pushed under the rug by an inept police force that didn’t provide any investigation, nor did they reach out to Ashley’s mother, Starlet Carbin.
Starlet found out about her daughter’s death when she went to her Facebook page to wish her a happy birthday. That’s when her world fell apart.
It would be many more months before Starlet would receive a police report, and she has yet to receive a coroner’s report.
To date, there has not been an investigation.
The police report she eventually received included information indicating there were gruesome strangle marks on Ashley’s neck.
Yet there was no investigation.
The police originally told Starlet that her daughter had likely been hit by a car. Yet there was zero evidence of that, and the police report itself didn't match that determination.
The Newark LGBTQ Center—led by Beatrice Simpkins—stepped in in June 2020.
This video includes a discussion among Starlet, Beatrice, and activist Jasmin Singer (who Starlet originally reached out when she was getting no other answers), and details the case, and the current needs.
Ashley Moore was misgendered in the police report.
Ashley Moore was treated as if she didn’t matter.
As if Black lives DON’T matter.
Ashley matters, and finding some justice in this horrid case matters, too.
Our current needs are:
>> The Newark LGBTQ Center needs a legal fund for Ashley’s case so that there's an investigation, and for the other cases that they deal with each day surrounding violent and inhumane acts pointed toward the LGBTQ community—especially trans women and men of color. This GoFundMe campaign was set up to create a retainer so that a lawyer can be hired and help us find justice for Ashley. Please donate if you can, and spread the word.
>> We need to generate media about this … a lot of media. So please help us by emailing and tweeting journalists and helping us reach the press with this story.
>> We need public awareness about Ashley’s story, so please share this with your social media followings, your email lists, and get it in the hands of anyone you know with major platforms.
We will update this with further needs as they become apparent.
For more, visit www.justiceforashleymoore.org
To contact the Newark LGBTQ Center, go here: https://newarklgbtqcenter.org/contact-us/
More information about Newark LGBTQ Community Center (Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center): The Newark LGBTQ Community Center is a 501c3 not–for-profit organization founded on October 3, 2013. Our mission, as North Jersey's only LGBTQ Center, is to create and sustain a safe space that fosters a better quality of life for our community and allies in the Greater Newark area. The Center began in direct response to the many murders, suicides and hate crimes over the years against lesbian, gay and transgender people in Newark. Our community struggle to create a safe space went into full gear immediately after the shocking 2003 murder of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian whose life was taken on the streets of Newark while she was returning home from a visit to New York City. The Center is currently housed in a storefront space in the heart of Downtown Newark. Our Executive Director, Rev. Janyce L. Jackson, is a prominent and respected leader and activist in the community, and is the former Chair of the Newark LGBTQ Advisory Commission. She has generously served as pro-bono Executive Director for over a year. The Volunteer/Program Coordinator manages a team of volunteers and organizes Center activities. We are proud of our volunteer/intern team who hail from local colleges and universities such as Rutgers University, Berkeley, NJIT and Essex County Colleges. The Center's active Board of Directors includes representatives from various organizations in the area including Newark Pride Alliance, Unity Fellowship Church NewArk, Newark Pride, Circle of Friends, and the Ironbound Community Corporation. We are also proud of the partnerships forged with other local groups and organizations, such as the African American Office of Gay Concerns, Hetrick Martin Institute, North Jersey Community Research Initiative, and Garden State Equality. Our vision is to support the diverse community in our area by offering programs, services and events that address the plethora of concerns of LGBTQ individuals— including homelessness, economic empowerment, health and wellness.
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